Steve Wozniak Leaves Facebook Over Privacy Concerns

by Ben Pena April 11, 2018, 4:56
Steve Wozniak Leaves Facebook Over Privacy Concerns

The social media giant has estimated a figure of almost 87 million users in the USA who may have been affected by the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook was accused of unwittingly sharing information of more than 87 million of its users with the company, per NBC News. "Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this", Wozniak, known by many as "The Woz", told USA Today. He said while Facebook made money off this, the users did not get any share of the profits back.

Wozniak explained that Facebook doesn't safeguard its consumers' data the manner Apple (AAPL) does, also instead profits from its user's information. Facebook, needless to say, remains in a tough pickle.

Wozniak told his friends on Facebook that the social network had "brought me more negatives than positives", saying that he is only retaining his account to prevent someone else from grabbing the Facebook screen name "stevewoz". The problem for Facebook, however, is that the bulk of its revenue comes from selling advertisements that utilize users' personal (though anonymized) data-age, gender, location, and app activity-to enable companies to better target consumers.

This content is published through a licensing agreement with Acquire Media using its NewsEdge technology. "I wouldn't be in the situation", said Cook.

Zuckerberg, who is set to testify in front of Congress this week about the scandal, pushed back in an interview with the website Vox. Unfortunately, introducing paid version of Facebook to remove data exploitation for ads would disproportionately affect users who could not afford the paid tier and effectively divide Facebook into two. Recently, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced that he is joining the opposition and will not use the service any longer. Those leaving the platform in the wake of the revelations have included Will Ferrell, Playboy, Cher, Elon Musk's Tesla and SpaceX, and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.

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He expressed his shock over the extent to which Facebook collects users' private information and also got rid of some of the advertisers before deleting his Facebook account.

In addition to Wozniak, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been critical of Facebook for similar reasons in recent weeks, according to Fortune.

"Apple makes its money off of good products, not off you", he wrote.

During a joint interview with Recode and MSNBC, he was asked what he would do about the crisis if he were in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's position.

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